Over the past two weekends, the Olympian Y&AC club has participated in the Donegal juvenile Even and Uneven XC Championships with great aplomb.
First up on Sunday 6th October was the Even ages in Aghyaran Co. Tyrone hosted by Finn Valley AC on what was a tough undulating course, our young Olympians were really impressive from the off with a lot of new athletes competing for the club.
The day started with the U8 Girls with Hanna Carty having a great run to finish in 5th place. Young Niamh McGrenera had a storming run also in the U10 Girls taking a super 6th place and leading the Team of Niamh, Ailbhe Breen, Kelly Carty and Roisin Faul to 5th place overall.
A great achievement for these youngsters many competing in their first championships.
The U12 Girls race was an absolute cracker from the ever-improving Anna Russell, with a real ding-dong battle with LAC member Emma Bonner the 2 girls ran away from the field and nipped and tucked at each other throughout the race.
Eventually, Anna pulling away in the final 200m to take the glory and title of Donegal Champion. A thoroughly deserved result for the young Olympian of which there is plenty more to come. Anna led her team to a well-deserved Bronze medal with Orlaith Faul, Chloe Deeney and Aoife McGeehan.
The U16 girls race produced arguably the race of the day with our own Nuala Bose battling with Rosses AC’s Amy Green. Again the 2 girls had pulled away from the field and with the lead chopping and changing constantly between the two. Nuala had put in a tremendous effort and just being out-done on a sprint finish to come home in 2nd place and secure the Silver Medal.
This represents a great run and huge step up for Nuala to battle with someone of the caliber of Amy, given her accolades in recent weeks and months. Well done Nuala, fantastic running.
The U18 boys’ race was last of the day, with the ever-impressive Sean McGinley taking the title of Donegal Champion a year out of age. A comfortable and routine victory given the quality of this young Olympian athlete.
Club results on the day:
Hanna Carty 5th
Liam McGlynn 15th
Niamh McGrenera 6th, Ailbhe Breen 18th, Kelly Carty 32nd, Roisin Faul 33rd,
Team 5th place
Donal Kelly 45th, Jack Gildea 51st
Anna Russell 1st and Donegal Champion, Orlaith Faul 11th, Chloe Deeney 16th, Aoife McGeehan 40th, Team 3rd and bronze medalists.
Cameron McArthur, first time out ran and acquitted himself brilliantly.
Aine Carlin 29th, Ellen O’Donnell 32nd
Nuala Bose 2nd and Silver medal, Holly Duddy 16th
Sean McGinley 1st and Donegal Champion
Next up were the Novice and Uneven juvenile ages held on Sunday 13th in the impressive surroundings of Mulaghderg Co.Donegal hosted by Rosses AC.
On a Splendid and glorious day, Olympian Y&AC shone brighter than the sun, taking 2 individual titles with Lucy Campbell and Sean McGinley being crowned Donegal Champions.
The day started with our club captain Tiernan Boyle competing in the Men’s Novice 6km race. Competing in his first XC of the year Tiernan had a brilliant race coming home in 19th place overall in a super time of 22.26 mins, a brilliant effort given the three tough 2km laps that had to be endured. Kicking things of well for the club.
Next up we had the U9 girls where we had a great battle within the club itself with Lucy and Niamh McGrenera. Niamh shot out very fast up the hill and opened a commanding gap back to the rest of the field, unfortunately a fall on the course saw her relinquish the lead to her teammate Lucy Campbell who powered home to be crowned Donegal Champion with Niamh having got back to her feet coming home in a brilliant 4th place. Plenty more to come from both these young ladies as they progress, I’ve no doubt.
The U13 Girls race was another great battle where we saw Anna Russell and LAC’s Emma Bonner battling for the minor positions after the impressive Mia Fletcher from Cranford AC ran away with victory.
Anna running a year out of age showing maturity beyond her young years settling into the race in the top group before making a move on the hill to move into 2nd place which she then held for the remainder of the race. An absolutely fantastic result for Anna, which shows what a little self-belief can do for young athletes. Well done Anna.
In the U17 Girls race Nuala Bose took the race by the scruff of the neck obviously buoyed by the confidence from the run the week before. Nuala continued to put pressure on the field throughout and opening a commanding 70m gap back to 2nd place, after the first of two laps.
Ciara Doherty had settled into the chasing group and was working hard to close the gap. Going into the 2nd lap Nuala was running as strong as ever and kept applying the pressure, however, in the background young Sarah Bradley from Finn Valley had started her usual second-half push for the finish.
With around 250m to go the gap had closed to 20meters and with the momentum, Sarah pushed past Nuala on the final descent to cross the line in 1st place, with Nuala taking the silver. This was a really gutsy run and full credit to young Bose for pushing such a fast pace from the start.
These runs will continue to help her develop in the weeks and months ahead. Brilliant running Nuala well done from all the club. Ciara having her own battle for the 3rd place was working as hard as anyone and narrowly missed out coming home in 4th place which in itself, was a brilliant run given the limited training done so far due to illness.
Sean McGinley was to the fore again in the U17 boys’ race, stretching the field from the gun, in what was an impressive solo run coming home in 1st place and crowned Donegal Champion for the 2nd week in a row.
Added incentive for Sean this week with Olympian Y&AC U17 boys’ team more than capable of applying themselves at this level.
The team including Paul Hannigan, Oisin Teape and Conor McMorrow and conducted themselves impressively to come how as 2nd team and collect their silver medals. Well done boys.
Lucy Campbell 1st Donegal Champion
Niamh McGrenera 4th, Ailbhe Breen 9th, Roisin Faul 18th
Oisin Cuskelly 9th, Ashton Forrester 18th, Donal Kelly 20th
Aoife McGeehan 39th
Patrick McHugh 31st, John Campbell 57th
Anna Russell 2nd – Silver medal
Orlaith Faul 16th, Chloe Deeney 21st
Taylor-Lee Forrester 28th, Eoghan O’Donnell 30th, Charlie McHugh 31st
Nuala Bose 2nd – Silver medal
Ciara Doherty 4th
Sean McGinley 1st Donegal Champion
Paul Hannigan 11th, Oisin Teape 18th, Conor McMorrow 21st ,
Team 2nd place.
All in all a very impressive 2 weeks for Olympian Y&AC, now we gear towards the NI & Ulster Championships in 2 weeks’ time where the “Sea of Blue” will be out in force again, watch this space.
Quick shout out to 3 of the clubs more experienced runners taking on the mighty challenge of the Dublin City Marathon, Jimmy Carlin, Annemarie Bose & Annemarie McGeehan (first time) on the 27th October. Best of Luck from everyone at the club guys..